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UTStarcom Announces Fixed-Mobile Convergence Solution
Posted on 9-Feb-2006 11:53. | Tags Filed under: News.

UTStarcom, Inc. has announced the Continuity solution for the fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) market. The company will debut its Continuity solution at 3GSM World Congress 2006 in Barcelona, Spain.

The Continuity FMC solution is designed to increase network efficiency and coverage. It can enable end users to access a rich set of services and features that, in the past, were available through either wireline or wireless networks.

The company says the platform will allow users to communicate with anyone from virtually anywhere while using a communication device of their choice. This allows for a simple, cost-effective solution for both wireline and wireless carriers and generally eliminates the need for a major overhaul of existing infrastructure.

The Continuity solution includes an FMC Feature Server (FMC-FS) based on the company's mSwitch(TM) IP softswitch platform and a dual-mode Wi-Fi/GSM handset. With Continuity, fixed and mobile service providers can deliver a unified service over both wireline and wireless networks.

End users can interconnect to the fixed-line or cellular network transparently and roam across them seamlessly regardless of their location, communication device, or network access method.

The Continuity solution is designed to support both single- and dual- number configurations and provide a migration from one to the other. Carriers will be able to choose which approach to use depending on the regulatory or technology environment. A single-number configuration will give the user one identity and one number, while allowing the service provider to save on spectrum when the user is indoors and calls are carried over the broadband network.

A carrier may need to support dual numbers for regulatory or tariff reasons; for example, different tariffs may apply to wireline and wireless segments of a call. Dual-number capability also lets carriers home handsets to either the Wi-Fi or GSM networks. But users do not need to change their behavior when the carrier migrates to a single-number service.

The service promises that the connection will not be dropped when users leave or enter buildings where wireless service is enabled and allowed; instead, the connection will be seamlessly switched to the most appropriate service. Because the wireline and wireless networks are peered, and transparent to the user, and particularly because Continuity is an all-IP solution, it is capable of supporting call control.

In addition to the compatibility of the FMC-FS with UTStarcom's dual-mode Wi-Fi/GSM handset, the FMC-FS is also designed to interoperate with other handsets via standards-based API protocols and interfaces.

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